Evan Roberts: It's Almost Like Tavares Secretly Hated Islanders

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By WFAN.com

It's been eight days, but Evan Roberts is still worked up about the departure of John Tavares from the Islanders.

"Whether it's the Yankees, whether it's the Mets, whether it's the Jets, whether it's the Giants, name me a franchise that has dealt with a bigger gut punch than this," the WFAN host said at the start of his show Monday.

Roberts, an Islanders fan, recalled the moment that he found out Tavares was leaving. He was on a road trip with his family and couldn't check his phone, so he was listening to the radio. 

"And then this radio host ... comes back and says, 'Well there you go! John Tavares, the great John Tavares, if you're just tuning in, has signed a seven-year contract with the New York Islanders," Roberts said. "And I'm like, 'Yeah! Oh, wow! Wait, what happened to the eighth year? It must've been such a tough decision for this guy that they went past the deadline. He's going to take one less year, but he's back with it!' ... And then this dude's co-host says, 'You said it wrong. He signed with the Maple Leafs.'

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"I had nine seconds of thinking that this guy was re-signing with the Islanders. 9 glorius seconds! ... And for 9 seconds, I thought that this guy wasn't holding the Islanders hostage for two years and playing nice. ... I actually thought the guy was staying."

After the initial anger at the radio station, Evan transferred this disbelief to Tavares. 

"The issue is the way he took this franchise on a rollercoaster for the last 2 1/2 years," Roberts said. "You're telling me he didn't know? He tweets a picture in pajamas with the Maple Leaf logo! Oh, it's a boyhood dream! He didn't know he had a boyhood dream six months ago? He didn't know he had a boyhood dream a year ago? He didn't know he had a boyhood dream as he's going past the deadline, Lou (Lamoriello) is standing there, waiting, trying to get this guy back.

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"It's almost like he secretly hated the franchise and said, 'How can I hose them as much as I possibly can?" Roberts said. "Oh, I've got this great idea. So I'm going to basically whisper sweet nothings into the organization's ear, to the fans ears, about Belmont, and Brooklyn, and Long Island, and I'm going to wait as long as I possibly can. I'm going to have everybody come to me in LA like I'm a king, and I'm going to make it as painful as I can and then I'm going to leave. But don't worry, I'm going to write a nice letter.' Great! Thanks, bro!"